The waterwheels start turning again at the mill

The restoration work at Eskdale Mill is reaching its conclusion with the appointment of a new Mill Manager in the run up to re-opening the mill to the public this summer, thanks to funding raised by National Lottery players. Kate Hughes took up the post at the beginning of May and moved into the cottage next to the mill. Her previous job was as Environmental Project Officer in north Sheffield with the Steel Valley Project. Kate will now oversee the day-to-day running of the mill and its grounds.

Eskdale Mill has been open to the public since the 1970’s and many visitors will remember its unique appeal and the previous modern millers that made this a special experience for them. Following on from a £1 million funding restoration project, it is hoped that people will return when the mill re-opens in mid-June and this new lease of life will see it appealing to different people from all over the world.  Check out the website on  for up-to-date information on opening.

The next phase in its history will see the Grade 2* listed 16th Century mill opening its doors for visitors to come and enjoy the displays exploring the various stages of the grain milling process that took place here until the 1930’s. The two waterwheels, which drive the millstones for milling and grinding have been lovingly restored as well as the several rooms that show the sequence of milling. It has all been sensitively renovated so you will really get a sense of what it was like in times gone by for the previous millers who found their livelihood there. Eskdale Mill truly embodies the Lake District’s rich heritage.

The mill is set in an idyllic location with fantastic views nestled amongst woodland in the Eskdale valley. This provides space for nature whilst also catering for people to come and enjoy some quality time. Whillan Beck, flowing off Scafell behind the site, provides the waterpower for the wheels, adding to this fantastic atmosphere.

Discover a unique experience at this charming site. Visitors of all ages and abilities will enjoy visiting the mill and the grounds. There will be a chance to chat with enthusiasts, have fun-filled educational visits and receive guided tours and demonstrations. 2019 admission fees are priced at £4 an adult, £2 a child plus family prices of £10. Watch out for advertised special events.

The best way to visit the mill is to use the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The mill is a short (10 minute) walk from Dalegarth Station – just follow the signs. If you are using a car, there is a limited number of pay and display parking spaces at Dalegarth Station and there is also a free car park at Trough House Bridge to the south of Boot, a 20 minute walk away.

Volunteers play a really important role in developing and maintaining this facility and a recruitment programme is currently underway. There are roles to suit anyone with some regular spare time to dedicate. These include supporting the Mill Manager with visitor services, gardening and grounds maintenance and building and machinery maintenance. Training and equipment will be provided.

Kate Hughes commented that “All thanks and appreciation of the recent hard work go the Trust, its consultants, contractors and to all of the volunteers involved. We wouldn’t be here now without the support of various funders, including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the EU Fells & Dales LEADER Programme and Copeland Community Fund. I’m really excited about the future of the mill and being a part of its story. I’m really looking forward to opening the doors once again, meeting everybody and making this a hive of activity for all to come and share the enjoyment of this historical little gem.”

Look out for flyers promoting special events. You can keep up to date by visiting their website on  and following them on social media. If you’re interested in volunteering, visiting as a group, becoming a member or would like to get in touch do feel free to contact Kate on